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Tickets on sale now for PNA Wine Taste Feb. 27

February 2nd, 2016 by Doree

The annual PNA Wine Taste is from 7:30-10 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 27, at the Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in the Blue Building. Tickets are $25 for PNA members, $30 general, $10 designated driver.

Tickets get you 10 tastes, plus appetizers and live music (designated drivers get all the soda they want). For ages 21 and over only.

The onsite wine store provides the opportunity to purchase some of the wines being tasted, with the proceeds benefiting the PNA.

Check out the Wine Taste webpage for a list of participating wineries and which wines they’ll be pouring and to buy tickets. Tickets are also available at the Phinney Center.

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3rd annual NW Seattle Seed Swap is Saturday at PNA

January 27th, 2016 by Doree

The 3rd annual Northwest Seattle Seed Swap is from 1:30-4 p.m. this Saturday at the Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in the Brick Building. It’s sponsored by the King County Seed Lending Library.


Participants can share seeds from their edible garden and pick up seeds from others, browse an information table with lots of books and catalogs, and tables by various organizations.


  • 2:30 p.m. — Basics of Seed Saving and Storage, Bill Thorness, author of “Cool Season Gardener” and “Edible Heirlooms.”
  • 3 p.m. — Plant Are Parents Too: The Botany of Pollination and Seed Formation, Caitlin Moore, owner, Root & Radicle Seed Co.
  • 3:30 p.m. — Basic Garden Planning for Small Spaces, Katie Stemp, Founder, Seattle Farm School

Click here for more information on how to participate in a seed swap.

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PNA Home Design and Remodel Fair this Sunday

January 27th, 2016 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Association’s annual Home Design and Remodel Fair is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Sunday in the Blue Building, 6532 Phinney Ave. N.

Meet with more than 70 exhibitors, including general and specialty contractors, architects, suppliers, designers, landscape professionals, nonprofit groups and permitting agencies, and attend a series of presentations, including how to create a backyard cottage to maximizing storage and cook space in a small kitchen.

This year’s theme is “Smaller Living, Larger Life,” and focuses on ideas for living in a smaller footprint, simplifying, expanding outdoor living space or converting part of a home for a multi-generational household.

Here’s the presentation schedule:

  • 11:30 a.m.: First permitted ADU from a shipping container — Mike Vacirca, Lastingnest Inc
  • 12:10 p.m.: Essential Kitchen Design: maximizing a small cook space — Rebecca West, Rebecca West Interiors
  • 12:50 p.m.: Create a backyard cottage — Sheri Newbold, live-work-play
  • 1:30 p.m.: Heating with a small footprint — Laura Elfline, Mighty Energy Solutions
  • 2:10 p.m.: House Boat: Five design strategies for “Smaller Living, Larger Life” — Theresa Freeman, SHKS Architects
  • 2:50 p.m.: A smaller kitchen doesn’t have to mean less storage — ShelfGenie
  • 3:30 p.m.: Tiny Houses: Are they right for you? — Alan Ness, Ten Directions Design

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PNA Village needs volunteer drivers

January 27th, 2016 by Doree

The PNA Village, an “aging in place” program to help seniors remain in their communities, needs volunteer drivers to take clients to appointments and on errands.

Volunteers should be available during weekdays, and have a reliable car and a good driving record.

See the PNA Village volunteer webpage for more information about volunteer opportunities.

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Holiday monkeys back on PNA air raid tower to test waterproofing methods

January 26th, 2016 by Doree

A troop of our famous holiday light monkeys are back at the Phinney Center for a couple of months to test out new weatherproofing techniques.


More details from Monkey volunteer Mike V:

Four monkeys have returned to the PNA’s air raid tower to celebrate the Chinese New Year—the year of the monkey—beginning February 8. They’re also there to test modified weatherproofing of their sometimes temperamental LED controllers. The monkeys will remain on the tower into March and once the best weatherproofing method is determined, it will be applied to monkeys that live outdoors along Phinney and Greenwood every December. It will also be used on 50 new monkeys the PNA will make available for private purchase to its monkey-loving members as part of a fundraising project on behalf of the Greenwood Senior Center later this spring.

Each monkey costs over $100 in materials—steel flat bar, powder-coating, LED strips — to make, matched by at least that dollar amount in volunteer time to bend and weld the flat bar, weatherproof the controllers and affix the LED strips, so the price of each monkey will be around $300. This will net the PNA and its monkey-manufacturing volunteers about $200 per monkey and raise $10,000 overall.

Monkeys can be reserved by contacting Chardell Paine at the PNA, 206.783.2244 or chardell@phinneycenter.org.

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Magic show refugee fundraiser this afternoon at PNA

December 22nd, 2015 by Doree

Just a reminder that magician Evan Reynolds is hosting a family-friendly Refugee Fundraiser Show at 3 p.m. today (Tuesday) at the Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in the Brick Building. His special guest is Luz from Duo Finelli, who just returned from working at a Syrian refugee camp in Greece as part of Clowns Without Borders.


Anyone who donates to the International Rescue Committee can attend (there’s no minimum donation amount; just tell them at the door that you donated or show your donation receipt). All proceeds go to the IRC (performers are donating their time and the PNA has donated the space).

Reserve your free tickets here.

You can find updated information on the event’s Facebook page.

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GloCone and monkeys lit for the holidays

November 30th, 2015 by Doree

Neighbors gathered around the Phinney Center’s old air raid tower Saturday night for the second annual GloCone and Monkey Lighting.

PNA Executive Director Lee Harper talked to the crowd before the lighting.


The GloCone and several metal-framed LED monkeys hang from the air raid tower. Another 200 monkeys are hung throughout the neighborhood as a way to promote neighborhood businesses during the holidays, and as a tie in to Woodland Park Zoo’s WildLights.


Check out the PNA Business Group’s new MonkeyWood.com website, which highlights specials and promotional events throughout the holiday season, including Red Monkey Wednesdays, where a solid red monkey in the window means that business is offering something special that day. There’s also a Monkey Scavenger Hunt for kids 12 and under with prize drawings for $20 gift cards to Bluebird Microcreamery, Nutty Squirrel Gelato, Phinney Books and Top Ten Toys.

Thanks to Mike V for the photos!

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PNA Home Fair exhibitor applications now available

November 18th, 2015 by Doree

Exhibitor applications are now available for the PNA Home Design & Remodel Fair on Jan. 31.

Unlike bigger home shows, the PNA Home Fair features local businesses in a neighborhood setting that brings our exhibitors back year after year. Our attendees want to hire local businesses and value the one-on-one conversations possible at an event with 80-90 exhibitors. Our exhibitors and presenters include general and specialty contractors, architects, suppliers, designers, landscape professionals, non-profit groups, and permitting agencies. Exhibitors will leave the fair with new contacts and homeowners will have the information they need to move forward on their home improvement projects.

This year’s theme is Smaller Living, Larger Life –incorporating a wide range of ideas including living in a smaller footprint, decluttering and simplifying, expanding outdoor living space, or shifting part of the home into income generating or multi-generational space for family.

Apply online by December 1st at: http://phinneycenter.org/forms/homefair/

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Annual Seattle7Writers Holiday Bookfest at PNA Nov. 21

November 12th, 2015 by Doree

The 6th annual Seattle7Writers Holiday Bookfest is from 3-5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 21, at the Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. Admission is free.

Come meet some of your favorite local authors, who will sign their books, which you can purchase there from Secret Garden’s boutique bookstore. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Bureau of Fearless Ideas (formerly 826 Seattle) and the PNA.

Six of the authors will read from their books, and several will perform music as The Rejections and the Trailing Spouses. The authors are even bringing home-baked goods for patrons to nibble on.

The 27 authors are: Daniel James Brown, Garth Stein, Elizabeth George, Nancy Horan, Kevin O’Brien, Jim Lynch, Lynn Brunnell, Deb Caletti, Boyd Morrison, Megan Chance, Sean Beaudoin, Bridget Foley, Stephanie Kallos, Peter Mountford, Tara Austen Weaver, Thor Hanson, Lyanada Lynn Haupt, Dori Hillestad Butler, Waverly Fitzgerald, William Deietrich, Bharti Kirchner, Clare Meeker, David Laskin, Donna Miscolta, David Lasky, Ed Skoog, and David Williams. Authors Laurie Frankel, Erica Bauermeister and Jennie Shortridge will also be there, running the show.

Reading & performance schedule:

  • 3 p.m.: Music by The Rejections and the Trailing Spouses
  • 3:30 p.m.: Lynn Brunelle
  • 3:45 p.m.: Thor Hanson
  • 4 p.m.: Dori Hillestad Butler
  • 4:15 p.m.: David Williams
  • 4:30 p.m.: Lyanda Lynn Haupt
  • 4:45 p.m.: Bharti Kirchner

Also, they’ll be collecting gently-used books for pocket library programs. If you bring three or more books, you’ll get a reusable Seattle7Writers bag.

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